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Founders Day of Aiken County

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Aiken County Historical Museum

Join us for our annual Founders Day to celebrate the establishment of Aiken County on March 10, 1871. This year, the Museum will host several programs on Saturday, March 7th related to Aiken County’s African American founders and their legacy. All programs are free and open to the public with no pre-registration required.

Event Schedule:

11 am – Introduction of Charleston’s International African American Museum; Speaker: Rev. DeMett Jenkins, IAAM’s Lilly Director of Education and Engagement for Faith Based Communities

1 pm – Lecture on African American Education During Reconstruction; Speaker: Lauren Virgo, Director of the ACHM

2 pm – Spoken Word Poetry, Performative Dance, and an update on Aiken’s Center for African American History, Art, & Culture; Speakers: Eva Jackson and Melencia Johnson of the CAAHAC / Performers: Willie Alma Finnie for poetry recitation and Amber Watson with A.Watt Dance Co. for dance

3 pm – Lecture on The Importance of Commemorating the Founding of Aiken County; Speaker: Wayne O’Bryant, Historian

Visit the Event Page HERE!

Imperial Theatre Presents A Man For All Seasons

Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1 PM – 3 PM | The Imperial Theatre

The film depicts the final years of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon and refused to take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the role in the film, starring alongside Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles and Susannah York. Also appearing are Nigel Davenport, Leo McKern, Corin Redgrave and, in one of his earliest screen roles, John Hurt.

The event is free, but a ticket is needed for entry.
Reserve your tickets online HERE!

Imperial Theatre Presents Selma (Film)

Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 7 PM – 9 PM |  The Imperial Theatre

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams,Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Common as Bevel.

The event is free, but a ticket is needed for entry.
Reserve your tickets online HERE!

Sunday at the Museum: The Marvelous Martha Schofield

Sunday, July 28th & Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 2:30 PM – 5 PM | Aiken County Historical Museum

At the end of the Civil War, a young woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania traveled from the safety of her home to the war-ravaged state of South Carolina. She spent the rest of her life in South Carolina making sure that the children of newly emancipated slaves received a well-rounded education. Her name, Martha Schofield. Her legacy, the generations of African-Americans who graduated from the Schofield School.

The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum will be hosting Sunday at the Museum lectures at Banksia this summer.
Tickets for each lecture are $15. Join the Friends for a casual afternoon of History!

Visit the Facebook Event Page HERE!

Red Summer: Book Talk & Signing at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

Book Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Cameron McWhirter
Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

Cameron will discuss his book about the Summer of 1919 when racial unrest rolled across the nation and the first stirring of the Civil Rights fight began. Millions of lives were disrupted, and hundreds of lives were lost. Blacks responded by fighting back with an intensity never seen before.

Book Signing: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Authors:
Cameron McWhirter
Angela Marshall
Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis

Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She will be signing copies of her most recent monograph, Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A Study of 19th Century Writings.

Angela Marshall, aka “Author Stone”, is a public speaker, professional writer, columnist, bestselling auhtor, creative consultant, ex-NFL wife, and business owner of “In Other Words, by Stone”.  Angela opens a window into the NFL lifestyle with her autobiography, Reality to Rags to Riches: The Story and Life of an Ex-NFL Wife.

Entertainment provided by Karen Gordon, the Empress of Cool.